The Wine:åÊAlexander Valley Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The Grape:åÊ88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
From:åÊAlexander Valley, California
Tastes Like:åÊBlackberry, cherry, chocolate
Pair With:åÊPork, chicken, grilled vegetables
Alexander Valley Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent value. The wine has a medium body, great fruit flavors, and polished tannins. Winemaker Kevin Hall added Merlot to the blend for structure, a touch of Cabernet Franc for floral notes (look for a touch of violet towards the finish) and Malbec and Petit Verdot for color. There are aromas of dark fruit, blackberry, cherry, cassis, plum, vanilla and a slight cocoa and chocolate note. In the glass, there are rich flavors of plum, cherry, cassis, blackberry, spice and chocolate. This is a smooth wine with medium body, nice balance, and a long finish.